Emotional eating. Oh boy, where to start. This is a very sensitive topic for me, having struggled with it for years. What I learned from my journey?
Emotional eating comes from a place of discomfort so I learned that if I wanted to stop eating compulsively, without being hungry, I had to look for the root cause of my problems first. I jumped on food all the time I was anxious, stressed or something in my life was not quite right. Can you relate?
I also learned I could relieve that discomfort with something other than food, something that I loved. For me it is movement, talking a walk or working out. For you could be listen to your favourite music, taking a bath, talk to a friend or watching a TV show you love.
What’s the best piece of advice I would give? Be mindful. Sit down when you eat, even for a snack, and just focus on that. Don’t get distracted with the other million things around you. Being present in the moment is the only way you can acknowledge you are actually eating. How many times have you eaten something without even realising it, like it wasn’t you, like you weren’t there? If you are not fully aware of what you eat, it’s like you never did. And that makes it easier to go for another round.
Most of all, stop feeling bad about yourself when episodes like that happen. It happens to almost everyone on this planet. You can learn how to win it. To start with, love yourself without judgment. Do things that make you feel good, not just termporarily and without backlash. I promise - you can and you will feel better. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~#emotionaleating #recovery #bingeeating #healthyeating #getbetter #feelbetter